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Fixing the Most Common Grammar Errors

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Language Fundamentals, Grade 1 - Teacher's Edition, PrintLast year, the Wall Street Journal reported in two separate stories that Mets fans (MLB) and Redskins fans (NFL) are the worst at spelling and grammar. Fans were evaluated on spelling, punctuation, and grammar as they commented on their teams’ websites and ranked in “grammar power ratings.” Just for fun, you can see rankings of your teams’ fans: MLB teams and NFL teams.

Grammar gaffes are prevalent across social media, where it seems that some adults have forgotten basic language fundamentals. A common error seen in college students’ writing is misuse of homophones or words with apostrophes, such as “two,” “too,” and “to” or “there,” “their,” and “they’re.” (Spellcheck doesn’t catch these errors!)

How do we help elementary students master language skills that will stick with them into adulthood? Keep focusing on the fundamentals!

Helpful Resources

  • This We Are Teachers blog lists 10 top grammar mistakes that students make and clever lessons to fix them.
  • Evan-Moor’s new Language Fundamentals, grades 1–6, provides more than 200 practice pages with rules, examples, and exercises that help students learn grammar, mechanics, usage, punctuation skills, and vocabulary. The skill-specific lessons help teachers target and teach must-know language skills. (Use the Look Inside feature to see the detailed list of skills covered for each level.)

These sample activities from Evan-Moor’s Language Fundamentals focus on common grammar mistakes such as the use of apostrophes and frequently confused words:

Grades 1, 2 and 3:
 LF2-Punctuation-ApostrophesInContractions LF3-Punctuation-ApostrophesInContractions

Grades 4, 5 and 6:
LF4-Usage-FrequentlyConfusedWords
 LF5-Usage-FrequentlyConfusedWords LF6-Punctuation-UseOfApostrophes


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Theresa Wooler has more than 10 years’ experience in K–6 classrooms as a parent volunteer and homeschool educator, has taught high school English, and is currently involved in education through Evan-Moor’s marketing communications team.

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